If you come to the U.S. and go to a city or job that is not listed on your job offer, we will find out, and we will terminate your program immediately. (If you arrive in the U.S. and lose your bags / wallet / ticket, get sick, or miss your flight, you may not just stop and stay with friends. Contact ERDT immediately.)
This does not mean that there is no way to change your job or housing. But, you MUST work at the job on your job offer for at least 3 weeks, and you must follow the job change procedures.
If you arrive in the U.S. and have sudden health problems that prevent you from working at your assigned job, you must visit a doctor in the U.S. and get a note excusing you from your job. You will then be allowed to find a new job in the same city. You must work at this job for at least 3 weeks.
If you arrive in the U.S. and find that your job or housing is different than was stated on your job offer, it may be possible for you to leave your job early, but you must first contact ERDT. (though, remember that it is common for you not to receive full working hours in the first couple weeks).
Other reasons ERDT would have to terminate your program:
- If you are in the U.S. at any point without insurance
- If you don't complete SEVIS Steps 1 and 2 by the deadlines
- If you change your housing address or email address and don't inform ERDT within 1 week
- If you begin working or training at a new job or 2nd job without permission
- If you don't respond to emails from ERDT within 1 week, during your entire program.
Why have ERDT students been terminated recently?
In 2013, 2014 and 2015:
- 6 students were terminated for not responding to ERDT's emails
- 4 students were terminated for working at a second job without getting ERDT's permission
- 1 student were terminated for moving to a new address and not informing ERDT.
- 3 students were terminated for not working for the employer on their DS form for at least 3 weeks
Don't be a statistic! Know the rules & follow them!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is termination bad?
- When you are terminated, you must return home immediately, or your name will be put on a list of illegal aliens to be found, detained and deported by U.S. Immigration.
- If you are terminated, a permanent mark is put on your immigration record. This could affect your ability to get a U.S. visa for the rest of your life!
Why would ERDT terminate a student?
When ERDT terminates a student, we are telling the U.S. Government, “This student cannot be trusted to follow the rules and stay safe. We cannot take responsibility for this student anymore.”
If ERDT suspects that you came to the U.S. intending to not work at the job listed on your DS-2019 form, we are required to terminate your visa, or ERDT could be charged with assisting you with visa fraud.
How can I avoid termination?
- Arrive at the job listed on your job offer on the date listed on the job offer, and work there for at least 3 weeks;
- Validate SEVIS within 24 hours of arrival, and update SEVIS within 1 week of arrival.
- If you wish to quit your job, change jobs, or start a new job, follow these procedures;
- Inform ERDT within 1 week if you change your housing address or email address;
- Make sure your insurance covers your entire stay in the U.S., from your flight arrival date to your flight departure date.
- Make sure that emails from email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org do not go to spam;
- Check your email at least once a week and respond to any questions from ERDT.
I know that ERDT's rules say that if I move to a big city, or if I quit my job and cannot find a job for 3 weeks, my program will end early. Is ending my program early the same as termination?
No, ending your program early is different than termination. It just means that your program is now shorter. Ending your program early does not have a negative effect on your future ability to come to the U.S. However, if you move to a big city, you must be sure that ERDT has your current address, or you will be subject to termination. And, you must be sure to leave the U.S. within 30 days, or you will have illegal status.